AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL TRACE FOSSILS AT PATRICIA FLEMING PROJECTS
April 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
April 1 – May 3, 2014
Autobiographical Trace Fossils coincides with the opening of Halperin’s largest public commission to date, as Artist-Curator of the geology collection for the new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in the birthplace of Charles Darwin.
For the exhibition Autobiographical Trace Fossils Halperin presents a collection of works including prints, watercolors and a limestone cave cast.
The work explores her longstanding fascination with geological phenomena, focused around the generation of new landmass formed inside and outside the body for example Physical Geology (cave cast/slow time) was formed over 10 months in a petrifying spring in France. These works will be seen for the first time in Glasgow, and were recently shown in significant exhibitions in Berlin.
“Through the course of my work, I have boiled milk in a 100 degree Celsius sulphur spring in the crater of an active volcano; stood with a friend on both sides of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; talked with geologists inside a lava tube inhabited by life-affirming bacteria; formed sculptures in caves and hot springs; spent time with geology collections formed inside the body; and held the Allende Meteorite, the oldest known object in the solar system, between my two hands. Geology and life can be very unexpected.”
Halperin travels widely, recently returning from a research residency in Japan and has a highly experimental approach to her practice. This can been seen in the process used to create the woodblock prints in the exhibition. The artist used original drawings to make laser-cut wooden forms at DCA Print Studio, which were then submerged in the Blue Lagoon, an active geothermal pool in Iceland and left to rapidly encrust with new silica mineral deposits. Returning to DCA, she cut a similar set of woodblocks and used these to make the large-scale relief prints in the series.
Halperin is undertaking a major new commission Learning to Read Rocks with Comar on the Island of Mull, launching in May, part of Generation; 25 yrs of contemporary art in Scotland.
Patricia Fleming Projects
60/64 Osborne Street
Exhibition opening times: Wed – Fri 10-4pm Sat 10-2pm (or by appointment)